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|UPDATE: On July 7, the Council votes
(July 3, 2020, 1:15 a.m.) - Councilman Rex Richardson, joined by Vice Mayor Dee Andrews, Councilmembers Al Austin and Roberto Uranga have agendized a July 7 City Council item in response to what they call an "uptick" in reported shooting and violent crime across the city by asking city management "to explore the creation of the Long Beach Violence Interruption Strategy.
Their agendizing memo says the proposed "Violence Interruption Strategy" should include but not be limited to:
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The co-agendizers' memo (on the letterhead of Councilman Richardson's office, indicating he's the lead on the item) states in pertinent part:
...A spike in crime during summer months is typical in cities across the country, especially larger cities such as Long Beach. An analysis by "Governing" reviewed data of 384 of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country between 2010 and 2012 and found that on average monthly crime for seven major offense types increased nearly 10% between the months of June and August. In response to this nearly annual surge, cities have traditionally deployed community programing, such as summer teen and youth initiatives, with a focus on impacted neighborhoods to curb the impacts. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedent impacts both economically, with many residents losing or having significant reduction in employment, and socially, with strict limitations on gathering under the current Stay Home Order forcing significant changes to existing programing.
The agendizg memo acknowledges the recent shootings included five homicides with initial indications from both LBPD and the community "that a majority of these incidents appear to have some level of gang involvement." However the agendizing memo doesn't mention annual Councils budget actions that haven't restored LBPD's field anti-gang unit for taxpayers (20 officers + 2 sergeants) despite LB voters' approval of the 2016 Measure A sales tax increase,
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